African Wild Dog Research Paper

Satisfactory Essays
African Wild Dogs The African Wild Dog is getting more endangered by the day. They could once be found all over Africa, but over the years their populations have dropped dramatically. They are usually living in places where people don’t live. They usually live in parks or in other protected areas. Luckily for them, many African countries are saving more land for wildlife. The African wild dog can be mistaken as a regular stray dog. That is normal. They have similarities and differences. The African wild dog has large, erect bat like ears. A really easy way to tell the difference between an African wild dog and domesticated dog is that an African wild dog has four toes instead of five. They have really bushy tails that they use to communicate…show more content…
They can be when you mess with the pack. They are very social and packs are known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Also, when feeding, they lack aggression towards each other. Packs are known to go after the biggest prey so they have more to eat, but the African wild dogs prefer medium-sized prey. Their favorite prey is the antelope. Every animal has an enemy and the lion and hyena are their biggest ones. The litter can have up to 10 pups. The pups like to run off sometimes. So when they do an adult may search for a pup or a juvenile for days. Once they reach maturity the males stay in the natural pack. A pack can have 6 to 20 dogs in it. And only 7 to 8 of those dogs are adults. The last checked population is 6,600. The largest population remains in southern Africa and southern part of East Africa. Only one pair breeds in the entire pack. If another female gives birth the dominant female will kidnap and raise the pups. In extreme cases she will kill them. When hunting they rely on their speed and combined strength to bring down their prey. If you watch an African wild dog hunt you will notice that they hunt a lot like a lion. Head down and ears down in high grass until they have chosen their prey. Once they have chosen they approach their prey openly at a slow trot. They break into a run once their prey starts to
Get Access